Pumpkin Cassava Cake (Banh Khoai Mi Bi Do)

This Pumpkin Cassava Cake (Banh Khoai Mi Bi Do) recipe is a twist on the traditional Vietnamese Cassava Cake (Banh Khoai Mi Nuong).  Instead of using coconut and/or mung bean, I use pumpkin puree and the results are heavenly!  The pumpkin adds a beautiful rich color and compliments the earthy texture of the cassava perfectly.  This delicious Pumpkin Cassava Cake is a tasty baked treat and a  wonderful addition to any holiday meal.  What I enjoy most about this Pumpkin Cassava Cake is that it’s not super sweet.  If you crave a sweeter cake, feel free to add sugar.  Give it this Pumpkin Cassava Cake recipe at try and let me know how you like it!

Watch the video for instructions.


Pumpkin Cassava Cake / Banh Khoai Mi Bi Do

Pumpkin Cassava Cake (Banh Khoai Mi Bi Do) - Love the Flavors in This Cake | recipe from runawayrice.com


16 oz bag frozen grated cassava
15 oz can pumpkin puree
1/2 cup sweetened condensed milk
Optional:  1/2 cup sugar (for those with a sweet tooth!)
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
4 Tbsp tapioca starch
1 egg
non-stick cooking spray
1 pat butter


Thaw the frozen cassava by immersing bag in a bowl of tap water for 10 minutes.  Transfer the cassava into sieve and allow to drain for 15 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 375 F (191 C).

In a large bowl, add the drained cassava, pumpkin puree, condensed milk, optional sugar, vanilla extract, tapioca starch, and egg.  Mix everything together, blending well.

Coat an 8 inch by 8 inch baking dish with non-stick cooking spray.  Pour the batter into baking dish.  Place your hands on either side of the baking dish and shake it back and forth a few times to help the batter settle evenly in the dish.  Smooth the top of the cake using a spoon or spatula.  Cover the baking dish with foil, sealing it well.  Bake for 30 minutes.

After 30 minutes, remove foil and bake for another 25 minutes. Insert a toothpick into the center of the cake and it should come out clean indicating it’s done.

Glide the butter across the top of the cake coating it evenly. Bake for another 5 minutes or until golden. Remove the Pumpkin Cassava Cake from the oven.

Allow to cool before cutting and serving.

Yields: 8 servings

Pumpkin Cassava Cake (Banh Khoai Mi Bi Do) - Love the Flavors in This Cake | recipe from runawayrice.com


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7 Responses to Pumpkin Cassava Cake (Banh Khoai Mi Bi Do)

  1. Barbara August 7, 2020 at 6:23 am #

    What sweet non-milk product can I substitute for sweetened condensed milk?

  2. Ruth January 24, 2018 at 12:42 pm #

    Is there something I could substitute for the egg in this recipe? Is it’s function binding or raising? Sincere thanks!

    • Trang January 28, 2018 at 3:55 pm #

      Hi Ruth, the egg is a binder. You can use an egg replacement or omit altogether. The cake will be a bit softer but I think it will be okay. Good Luck!

  3. Tuty August 23, 2015 at 4:17 pm #

    Hi Trang,

    I’ve always enjoyed your videos. Thank you for sharing your skills and knowledge.

    This particular recipe does not contain coconut milk. If I want to have coconut flavor, will it work if I substitute the pumpkin with grated coconut and keep the rest of ingredients? Nevertheless, I will try the pumpkin version when the fall season starts.

    I’d appreciate your feedback.

    • Trang August 23, 2015 at 10:41 pm #

      Hi Tuty,

      You can definitely add grated coconut to this recipe and it will be so good! You can also replace the condensed milk with coconut milk if you would like more coconut flavor.
      Enjoy the recipe and thanks for visiting 🙂

  4. Ann July 12, 2015 at 2:35 pm #

    If I wanted to make regular cassava cake would I just eliminate the pumpkin puree?

    • Trang July 13, 2015 at 10:29 pm #

      Hi Ann,

      Yes, for the traditional cassava cake, you can omit the pumpkin.

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